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NAVAL NEWS MARS 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to information published by UK Department of Defence on March 31, 2021, the Royal Navy has completed its first deployment into the Arctic in 2021 after a joint operation with the Norwegians. Frigate HMS Lancaster linked up with HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl and F-16 jets for a patrol of the Norwegian Sea and combined training in the confined waters of Norway’s fjords.

According to information published by Al Monitor on March 30, 2021, Egypt prepares to open a naval base on the Mediterranean, near its border with Libya, as the populous country is trying to protect itself against unrest in the neighboring country, assert its control over its maritime boundaries and safeguard its economic interests.

According to information published by US Navy on March 31, 2021, U.S. 7th Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) operated with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) JS Kongo (DDG 173), March 29, 2021 as a test of the partner nation’s combined maritime skills and intercommunication capabilities.

According to a press release published by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (tk MS) on March 30, 2021, the company handed over the frigate “SACHSEN-ANHALT” to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Wilhelmshaven. It is the third of a total of four ships of the Type F125 which tk MS is building in the ARGE F125 consortium together with the Fr. Lürssen Shipyard.

According to a press release published by BAE Systems on March 30, 2021, the firm was awarded a four-year $42.5 million task order by the U.S. Navy to provide shore-based landing systems integration (LSI) support services for instrument carrier and instrument landing systems (ICLS/ILS).

According to information published by Defence Studies on March, 29, 2021, the Royal Thai Navy conducted a historic firing of Harpoon Block 1C, defining a firing area in the Andaman Sea about 130 nautical miles west of Phuket (or approximately 240 kilometers) missile fired at a distance of 55 nautical miles, or about 100 kilometers.

According to information published by Gambiev on March 28, 2021, a fourth nationally built frigate is under construction at the Myanmar naval shipyard in Sinmalayik, Yangon. It is reported that the construction of the ship is carried out with the technical assistance of China and North Korea.

According to a press release published by Thales on March 30, 2021, the French company and MHI are joining forces to develop a Dual Frequency sonar demonstrator to be evaluated at sea both in Japanese and French waters, following the signature by the French Defence procurement agency (DGA) and its Japanese counterpart, the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) of a Defence cooperation agreement.

According to a press release published by Huntington Ingalls Industries on March 30, 2021, the firm announced that the shipbuilding team, which includes its Newport News Shipbuilding division, has been awarded a contract modification in support of construction of the 10th Virginia-class Block V submarine.

According to a press release published by Airbus on March 30, March 2021, Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will expand its fleet with two new H225 helicopters, taking its total Super Puma fleet up to 17, comprising two AS332s and 15 H225s. The largest Super Puma operator in Japan received its tenth H225 in February this year. The new helicopters will join its growing fleet to support territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in the country.

According to a press release published by Naval Group on March 29, 2021, Naval Group received notification of the order for two FDI frigates by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA), during a visit to Lorient of the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly. The acceleration of the FDI program will support the activity of the Naval Group site in Lorient where the frigates are designed and built, also ensuring the preservation of skills.

According to information published by Associated Press of Pakistan on March 29, 2021, Pakistan Navy Ships ALAMGIR and AZMAT during Overseas Deployment visited port HAMAD (Doha), Qatar and participated in bilateral exercise Asad Al Bahr-II with Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF).

According to information published by European Defence Agency on March 29, 2021, the agency has supervised the third and last simulation session of the OCEAN2020 project which is a technological demonstrator of Situational Awareness in Naval Environment.

According to a press release published by Saab on March 29, 2021, the firm has signed a contract with the Gdynia Naval Port Command to deliver integrated logistics support for Double Eagle Mk III and Double Eagle SAROV systems. The contract's value is PLN 14.7 million, and it will be will be executed in the years 2021-2023. The scope of deliveries in individual years will include the supply of spare parts, special tools, technical documentation and training.

According to information published by U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Systems is awarded a $98,900,000 modification to a previously awarded, fixed-priced incentive (firm-target) contract (N0001919C0008). This modification increases the scope and provides for one additional low rate initial production Lot Five MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system.

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